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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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White House Accused of Letting Politics Influence HealthCare.gov Design

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional overseers made their first move to apportion blame on Monday for the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, the government’s online health insurance marketplace, while the White House turned to social media to drum up public support for the ailing and embattled website. The insurance marketplaces are a major component of...

HealthCare.gov: Technology Failures Are Government Failures

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is HealthCare.gov synonymous with the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark health care reform law? Or at least with the health insurance marketplaces that act introduced and that launched Oct. 1? Or is HealthCare.gov just a website, a tool that helps people reach those marketplaces but that doesn’t encapsulate or...

Obama: HealthCare.gov’s Product Is Good but the Cash Register’s Malfunctioning

October 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comments from President Obama and additional response from the Health and Human Services Department. The White House is bringing in software experts from inside and outside government to work around the clock in what it calls a “tech surge” to fix the ailing...

Public Sentiment on HealthCare.gov Takes a Nosedive

October 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The public’s impression of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, remains deeply negative two weeks after its troubled launch, according to an analysis of Twitter sentiment. That's a reversal from what was happening in the weeks leading up to the Oct. 1 launch of the online insurance exchange,...

Did Politics Help Cause HealthCare.gov Failures?

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two stories dominated U.S. headlines during the first half of October. There was the government shutdown, which drew to a close late Wednesday and was largely seen as a case of partisan politics hijacking the work of nonpartisan career employees. Then there was the troubled launch of the online health...

Feds Chronicle First Day Back in Social Media

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama signed legislation Wednesday night that ended the 16-day-old government shutdown, averted a default on U.S. government debt and brought thousands of federal employees back to work. As those employees returned to the office Thursday morning, they fired up websites and social media accounts that had been dormant during...

Less than 1 Percent of HealthCare.gov Visitors Successfully Enrolled in an Insurance Plan

October 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than 1 percent of visitors to the federal website that connects uninsured people with coverage through President Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law successfully used the site to enroll in an insurance plan during its first week online, according to an independent study released on Tuesday. While nearly 9.5 million...

Agency Email Alerts and Bulletins Dropped Sharply During Shutdown

October 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to reflect the end of the government shutdown. Mass emails from government agencies to citizens dropped by more than four-fifths during the partial government shutdown that was sparked by a budget impasse Oct. 1 and drew to a close late Wednesday. The company GovDelivery manages...

Who's to Blame When IT Systems Fail?

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to government technology, assigning responsibility can be tricky. Take the new email system the General Services Administration launched in 2011. GSA Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman appeared to be on the hook for that one. Click on any GSA project on the Federal IT Dashboard, a website...

Get Ready For Data-Driven Romance

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Had your fill of shutdown specials at DC’s finer drinking establishments? Looking for something to pass the time while you pinch pennies and let that #shutdownbeard grow? Why not look forward to a brighter future when data’s driving more decisions, cars are driving themselves and you’ll know the perfect moment...